Midwest Geobash … it’s finally here!

We are VERY excited to be attending the (GC5D6DK) Midwest Geobash (MWGB) held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio this coming weekend. We look forward to meeting other geocachers.
slingbag
I recently purchased a new sling bag from Amazon for geocaching and I’m really happy with it. Previously, I was using a backpack type bag with two straps, but it just wasn’t holding up very well. It had very few compartments and pretty much jumbled all the contents around.

This is the bag I bought from Amazon. I decided to go with the tan bag rather than black or the digital camo. I’ll be adding a couple external pouches in the future using the molle strapping. Below is a photo of what I take geocaching, and even though this might seem like a lot of stuff, the main compartment of the bag is empty.

My brother and I will be attending the MWGB on Saturday and we’re hoping to hit a few caches along the way and at the event.

Here is the listing of what’s in my caching bag … is it similar to yours?

1) various sized plastic bags and also trash bags for CITO 2) pens, silver sharpie, golf pencils 3) rubberbands 4) emergency blanket 5) various sized caches ready to hide 6) screws, eye hooks, etc 7) headlamp and flashlights 8) multi-tool 9) zip ties 10) extra cache logbooks 11) screwdrivers, pliers, ratchet, vicegrips 12) Instagram tags, signature tags 13) bead necklaces (swag) 14) poison ivy cleaner 15) signature tags of wood, plastic and aluminum 16) knife, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, electrical tape, and carabiners

slingbag contents

What’s Going On!?!

We are really gearing up for some cool changes here on this blog and I think there will be many people who will appreciate what will be offered. I don’t want to spill the beans just yet, there’s still some work to complete, but before the Midwest Geobash (MWGB) takes place in July, everything will be in place.

Speaking of the MWGB, we will be offering a really nice collection of items for their silent auction including a caching t-shirt, water bottle, custom signature tags, ceramic mug, bison tubes, engraved glass beer mug, and a few more items. We hope those who want our selection of items will bid high at the auction to help offset the cost of putting on the event. We here at T4TH.NET are happy to donate these items and I hope you like them too. Stay tuned for more details and photos.

Hey, if you haven’t already added us (THANKSFORTHEHIDE) to your Instagram feed – please follow us as we ramp up with announcements, photos, online raffles and more caching stories! As always … we welcome guest authors, so if you have a story to share or announcement, feel free to contact us at thanksforthehide@gmail.com.

Pulling the plug (finally)

15c39829-2c30-4cf4-871a-32c2937f8931_zpsb90c5765I deleted all my deployed Munzees today and closed my account. Every time I would get an email from Munzee about the activity on my tags, I would laugh. Each email would tell me that have 1 capture. I had 47 deployed at the time of my account deletion. It became a joke that I wasn’t receiving any captures – then today I actually logged in to pull the plug on my account.

It’s statistics like this which caused me to lose interest real fast…
2 deployments placed over 1 year ago – 0 captures
3 deployments placed over 2 years ago – 0 captures
1 deployment placed over 3 years ago – 0 captures

I also reviewed the Munzee’s that I had captured … to date, most have not been captured in over 3 years. I am amazed by the lack of players, or perhaps they had grown tired of it as well.

I’m not here to talk bad about Munzee – it was fun for awhile, but very short lived for me. To be honest, I almost felt bad playing Munzee because Geocaching has always been the shit :-) and Munzee just didn’t do it for me. I’m assuming there are lots of people still into it, and that’s great for them, but I’m glad I won’t be getting that update anymore. I had removed the app from my phone well over a year ago. I just feel that if I took the time to choose great places to deploy them, it seems like it’s not worth it if no one bothers finding them. If you read back through this blog, you’ll see my dilemma with those playing the game and the nonsense that took place.

At any rate, so long Munzee … it’s been real.

Neglected Blog

This blog has been neglected for quite some time. I’ve (again) let life get the best of me and keep me from enjoying this activity. About 4 months ago I started a new job and went from working 2nd shift to going back to working 1st shift. It’s been nice coming home like most people, to enjoy the evenings with my family. The other job had a lot of overtime and I wouldn’t get home until 2:00am. I was tired all the time and didn’t feel like caching, or anything else.

My caching has been sparse during these past 4 months. I have a lot going on in my life right now, and it seems like I have no time at all to do the things I want to do. It’s cold and snowy now, and caching is a little more difficult, but I’ve never really let the weather interfere with my fun.

followmeI’ve just started up on Instagram for geocaching, and I’m following more and more people every day, but the number of people following me is low. This is to be expected since I have very few photos posted online. They are unsure about someone having 2 photos on their gallery of photos. If you’re reading this and are into geocaching, feel free to following me on Instagram – thanksforthehide

I will be attending the Midwest Geobash this summer along with my brother. It will be his first caching event and he just received his order of pathtags, so he’ll be all good to go. I keep debating whether or not to make a new pathtag design.

Again, I put this out there … I welcome guest authors who want to contribute to this blog. If you have a story or geocaching tips to share, please get in touch with me – thanksforthehide @ gmail.com (with no spaces).

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Caching Bro’s

It was a very cold and windy day to cache this past weekend. A mere 26°F with occasional wind gusts that cut right through to your core. I try not to let the weather interfere when geocaching … we’re definitely not fair-weather cachers. Last Sunday my brother arrived to cache with me, which is something we don’t get to do very often. He lives about an hour away and both of us have jobs that take up way too much of our lives, so it nearly takes a rare planetary alignment for us to be able to spend a few hours caching or just hanging out.

LyndeThe first cache (GC4A2Y7) I took him to was one that I had already found some time ago, but I wanted him to enjoy finding it as much as I did. As we arrived at GZ, I had him bring up the description on c:geo and read the details about the cache.

He was shocked, just as I was when I learned that the cache was within feet of the grave of comedian Paul Lynde. We grew up watching Paul Lynde on the Hollywood Squares and Bewitched. I had no idea Paul was from Ohio, let alone that he was buried here as well. He rests next to his brother and sister, and his parents grave is right next to them.

birdhouseThe day remained cold and windy, but we continued to make our way from cache to cache, until finally stopping at a local restaurant. One last stop for the day, as I took him to a cache that I had already found, but wanted him to experience. A clever hide at the end of a driveway by the cache owner, it proved to foster some thoughts of making a similar cache container that we could place sometime in the future.

Apathy Toward Geocaching
It continues to amaze me at how much people literally do not care whenever I post something on my Facebook page about geocaching or the really cool location of a cache. Any other topic or comment about my day or experience yields comments from friends and family. But let me mention geocaching, and the silence is deafening (except for the single cricket chirping in the dark recesses of the comment box.) I am not one to push things onto people … to constantly post the same topic over and over. I may post a caching comment once a month, if that. It is consistently left hanging out there and treated like a turd in the punch bowl. Noses are turned up and it is immediately dismissed. I have made offers (twice) to meet with any of my FB friends, family, or anyone to explain or teach them about geocaching, and you’d think I’d been arrested for beating puppies.

It’s hard because I want to share this cool activity, but it’s just not something that anyone seems excited about. I look at it two ways … they have no idea about the fun that geocaching brings … the locations they would never have known about, the fellow cachers you sometimes meet for the find, or the meet-n-greet events that are fun, etc. But I also think, ok … that’s one less person I have to beat to win a FTF. But seriously, I guess I should just stop worrying about it and just enjoy geocaching for what it is … one of the best activities that my immediate family (and GeoDog) can enjoy together, and leave it at that.

Maybe I’ll run into you someday looking for the same cache container. You can trust that I won’t treat you like you’re from a leper colony. Unless it’s a potential FTF … then you’re on your own!

Happy Caching!

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